Smoothies

The first time I went to ABC Kitchen, I was so excited to see that they had an elixir bar with its own chef who created this amazing menu. Just like its regular menu, it contained fresh and amazing ingredients. I remember trying two different ones that day. One was a sweet variety that had cocoa nibs, fresh pressed almond milk, frozen banana chunks and a swirl of chocolate. The other one was more savory with cilantro, avocado, and young coconut meat. The next time I went back to ABC Kitchen, I was saddened to hear that they eliminated the elixir bar because the juice-master had left and took her equipment. Here we are sitting at this gorgeous reclaimed wooden table that easily costs a grand but the restaurant couldn’t purchase their own $500 vitamix?

Smoothies are the ultimate disguise to get your kids or your non-veggie/fruit loving partner to consume fiber. Just like those commercial green superfood smoothies, you can put in greens. I have found frozen spinach to work best.

For me, a simple combination is best to start with:

Fruit + banana + juice + yogurt/non-dairy milk + ground flax seed = No-fail smoothie

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When using berries for my smoothies, I favor the frozen organic variety because you will not need to use ice
and because you can have it on hand year-round and it is the most cost-efficient. Here are a few different smoothie recipes I have enjoyed but it’s fun to explore different combinations, or just peruse what you already have around the kitchen.

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Orange Creamsicle

  • Orange juice concentrate
  • Milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey

Antioxidant Berry

  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Whole apples
  • Flax Seed

Mango-Lime

  • Mango
  • Coconut water
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Agave nectar
  • Cayenne pepper

Chocolate cashew

  • Boiled cashews in water
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Ice
  • Maple Syrup

Pina Colada

  • Pineapple
  • Coconut oil
  • Milk
  • Ice
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